Just letting you know that your visit was exactly what we needed!
It was a great reminder to Neale and I about enforcing the right behaviors, and reminding ourselves that all we need to do is 15 min a day. And the Be a Tree lesson with Clara was INCREDIBLE! She’s excited to tell her friends when they come over.
I’ve ordered a second crate for upstairs in our bedroom, and bought an extra leash for tethering. Most of her meals/snacks today were out of the treat ball while in the play pen. It was great to be able to fold laundry and know she was occupied safely. We are going less aggressive with her walks and letting her focus on exploring.
I’m going to research a little about some cat training for Huey. I think he would like it and benefit.
I’m sure I’ll have some questions and whatnot, but I wanted to thank you for squeezing us in on short notice. It was 100% worth it!!
“it was wonderful meeting you. I will look over the websites definitely and look for the book through library.
I looked through all the rescues you gave me list for. will be checking out the video.
I will read over the paperwork you gave me.. I skimmed it earlier and will read it more in depth this weekend. I look forward to working with you.
thank you again, I deeply appreciate all your assistance and help
Talking to you today took care of a lot of my fears regarding trying to train my own dog for anything.
I hope you’ve been well through the pandemic. It’s been great keeping up with what’s happening over your facebook page! I wanted to share some happy and sad news – the pups and I will be moving to North Carolina next month. I’m very sad to leave this area. I have so many great supports out here, you included!
Nova and I would not be the team we are today without you. She continues to grow and improve every day. I’m not sure if she’ll ever graduate as a service dog due to her stress levels around loud/surprising noises, but she has grown into an amazing therapeutic support dog for me in my work, and can do a lot of public access work with her tasks especially when I’ll be outside most of the time.
Thank you for changing my entire perspective on training. You were patient with me, and let me learn in my own time the power of positive reinforcement.
I’m also happy about this move because I’ll be able to bring everything I’ve learned up here down to a new area and new job. I’m going to pursue my masters in social work so I can offer animal assisted therapy. I hope to stay in touch, and maybe if you keep up virtual classes we could take some once we’re settled down there!
I always recommend you to anyone in the area looking to train their dog or get a service animal. I know you’re filling up, but you’re a one-of-a-kind resource and I hope a few of them do get in contact.
All the best from me and the Aussies! Brittany, Nova & Koda
Hi Sharon.Just wanted to thank you. You are a true wealth of knowledge, and a consult of this manner is by far the best way to start something like this. It feels great to have a little more steady footing and really can see the scope of all the things that go into this. And that’s quite a bit.Also, I checked in via email with my doc and she is gonna write up a recommendation letter for the interim once she’s back from vacation and we meet.I look forward to working with you further. Was my pleasure.
Sharon has worked with our dog Sadie for over a year now and has done a terrific job with her. She is always positive, but on the other hand honest in her opinion of your dog’s potential. Sharon helped us establish realistic goals for Sadie after her initial assesment of the dog and we put a plan to train her to become a service dog for our daughter. She has trained Sadie to be a dog that is good in public and we’ll behaved wherever we go. Sadie has been tested and received a Service dog certificate. Sharon is dependable and trustworthy.
We are the owners of Brady a White German Shepard who came to us as wild twice re-homed 7-month old puppy. We were determined not to re-home him again and contacted Sharon Wachsler for dog training. After six months I am happy to say Brady is well on his way to becoming a well-trained dog and a wonderful pet.
Sharon is an extremely dedicated trainer. Her approach is completely positive with both the dogs she works with and their owners. She prepares her training lessons thoroughly with written details and handouts and reviews videos of the training owners do between lessons. We completely trust her recommendations and can’t imagine a better trainer. She has our highest recommendation.
Holly Wilder asked for my help after she moved into a home that had two out-of-control cockapoos named Toby and Coco. Since she lives in California, we conducted consults by phone and email. After two consults, she emailed me:
“I didn’t really understand about dogs when I moved here. It felt overwhelming and chaotic with Toby and Coco’s barking, running at the door, jumping on me, and I didn’t know what to do.
You made the process easy, told me things clearly, gave me doable steps, and planned for each step to be achievable. You wrote up very clear notes which I used and still refer to. You gave me info so I could understand the dogs better and know why things worked or didn’t and how things look from their point of view.
Working with you, I felt encouraged and empowered. When I had questions, you always had an answer or found out really quickly. You broke things down into really doable steps so that we were building things incrementally and I had a sense of where we were going and why we were doing what we were doing. You supplied me with videos and made product suggestions that were really helpful, even supplying me with links.
You’ve been great on tailoring things to my specific situation. Also, you’ve been really empathetic, nonjudgmental and encouraging. Definitely, the quality of life here is much better because of your help.”
Later, on my urging, Holly worked with a local trainer and was confused and disappointed by some of the trainer’s advice. Hollycontacted me for help sorting it out. After our consult and my email follow-up, Holly said:
“Thanks so much for this, it is so helpful, as was our session! I do really appreciate the doable, not intimidating, clear step-by-step instructions that you give while explaining the reasoning behind it and what the overall picture/goal is. And I do refer to your notes on multiple occasions. I also love the links to items and videos. I guess you have spoiled me for other trainers.”
Please teach us more about: I feel like we’re doing well with everything up to this point
The best part of class for me is: instruction/demonstration & individual attention
Other comments: We’re very happy to have found you & are really enjoying the class.
-Deb & Jake Smith
The best part of class for me is: learning that repetition really does work
The best part of class for me is: seeing how the pups have progressed
Sharon,Thank you so much for your time yesterday, and I hope Barnum’s appointment with the surgeon went well. My dad and I were both so impressed by you and deeply appreciate the way you took us through everything. As you know, Storm will never be a service dog; she will however be able to have a happy life and I’ve decided that she will remain with me as a pet for the rest of it. I’m planning on reaching out to the trainer you recommended in Somerville after Thanksgiving, and working with my vet to investigate potential allergies she might have and get a full thyroid panel, try to get her feeling as much better as possible. I truly appreciate all of the information you gave me and am enjoying reading through the prints and digital information both.As a quick aside, would you be able to remind me of the name of the toy you showed us that looks like a giant cat toy, the thing with the dangling toy on a string attached to the stick? Storm would absolutely love playing with one of those, I’m getting her one for Hanukkah, and I cannot for the life of me remember what you called it. Thanks so much! She’s going to be SO happy to have that, especially since I’ll be able to bring it when we are visiting my parents and play with it in their fenced in yard in the snow soon enough.Again, thank you for your time and your kindness taking me through a difficult discussion I needed to have. I would like to work with you in the future on finding and training a service dog; for right now, I just wanted to reach out and say thank you for the meeting and for sharing your knowledge.All the best,Meg
“My dog is easier to live with (better behaved) now! I understand the reasons behind my dog’s behavior better. My dog is now ready to begin training as a service dog.
I like the encouragement to communicate between individual lessons so that any specific questions or issues that need addressed can be right away or as a priority if needed at the next lesson. It was great having everything so individualized allowing us the ability to break things down further and go slower or move on. It was also great being able to have various family members join us during different lessons to deal with specific issues that may affect their interactions with Toby. Having direct instruction from Sharon was super useful for them!
I recommend Sharon for both pet/puppy and service dog training.”